Initiative 99 Global Design Competition

Initiative 99 Global Design Competition مبادرة 99 مسابقة التصميم العالمية

Initiative 99 Global Design Competition

ICON has announced that submissions are now open for Initiative 99 Global Design Competition to reimagine affordable housing that can be built for under $99,000. With a total prize purse of $1M, ICON is committed to building a selection of winning designs at multiple locations that will be a model for future affordable housing.

Initiative 99 exists to unite the global architectural, design, and building community in a shared mission to build a better future for those most in need. Architects from all over the world including firms, individuals, and university students are encouraged to participate.

The Initiative 99 jury consists of an expert panel of architectural practitioners, academic leaders, and policymakers. Also, non-profit organizations are committed to realizing affordable housing solutions. Including Michelle Addington, Architect and Dean of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. Moreover, Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin; Michael Bell, Professor and Founding Chair, Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering. Lastly, Materials at Columbia University; Shajay Bhooshan, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects. Alejandra Guerrero, Deputy Director, CityLab and Department of Architecture, UCLA; Brett Hagler, CEO and Co-Founder, New Story. Additionally, Mariana Ibanez, Chair and Associate Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design; Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director. Furthermore, Christophe Lalande, Leader, Housing Unit, UN-Habitat; Michael McDaniel, Director of Design, ICON. Also, Marc Norman, Associate Dean of the Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University. Lastly, Melodie Yashar, Vice President of Building Design and Performance, ICON.

Interested architects, designers, builders, and more can begin their submissions at


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